January 2006

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 31 January 2006 | 17:16 EST
Area Report: Diary of a Mad-Sand
Just give me some new figures!Hey Troopers, there has been a very abundant supply of the new Hoth and Carkoon Waves in northern Lake County, IL. Target after Wal-Mart after Kmart all had signs of a Saga struggle, the sad thing that comes to my mind is what the hell happened to all of the Revenge of the Sith stuff? The film made nearly 400 million dollars but seven months later you can hardly find any action figures. Instead we get Unleashed Battle Packs, Transformers, Choppers and other crap that 3-3/4 inch collectors could care less about. It’s just frustrating to see what’s becoming of the Star Wars line. Maybe it’s just me but I really don’t care for what Hasbro has done to collecting in 2006. What happened to vehicles? Deluxe sets? Multi-packs? I appreciate we have a few Revenge of the Sith figures coming down the road but why is it you could find EI and EII figures on the shelves almost two years after those movies? I realize there are some people buying these new products and I can appreciate that. However what was so bad about the first Unleashed figures? I don’t see it translating to sales seeing as after a six-store patrol it is all I could see along with endless rows of G.I. Joe Sigma 6, another toy line they have completely destroyed. Good luck to you Troops in your searches, discuss your opinions on my rant here if you have feelings about this.

Posted by: Boba Binks | 31 January 2006 | 15:13 EST
Area Report: Geonosis wave beginning to Surface
Still on patrol in the circle city!“Hey Troops! Just when you thought you were catching up with the latest Star Wars action figures from Tatooine to Hoth there are more to be found on Geonosis. I got a report from a very reliable friend of mine that picked up Poggle the Lesser (repack) action figure at Wal-Mart (96th St.) here in Indianapolis, IN. This is the only new figure from the Geonosis wave of figures found. Some stragglers of Hoth were also on the pegs. Keep your eyes open for this latest wave of Star Wars action figures.”


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 29 January 2006 | 21:03 EST
Sandtrooper Newfiend Reports: I'm Hooked!
“Hello Troopers, I am new to Sandtroopers and wanted to say hello. My name is Curt a.k.a. newfiend and I recently contacted Stephanie aka Teffie1 regarding a Target Exclusive TIE-Fighter. She went out of her way to find me one of these and we completed my first transaction recently. She is truly a wonderful person and I just wanted to say thank you to her and this site for bringing all the collectors to a place that is truly unique. I will be using the site more now that I know what a great community you have here.

I live in southern New Hampshire and hit the Wal-Mart in Brattleboro VT today. They had a few of the new unleashed mini packs from the second series. No SAGA figures on the pegs at all. They do have the 12-inch ROTS HASBRO figures on Clearance for $15.00 each. They have the Emperor Palpatine and Shaak Ti only. The KB Toys in Keene, New Hampshire had some of the SAGA Carkoon wave only and no Boba Fetts. They also have the ROTS Battle Arena sets of Anakin vs. Dooku and Mace vs. Palpatine on clearance for $9.99 each if anyone is interested in these let me know. Great site and I will be back more often. United we Find! Newfiend out.”


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 29 January 2006 | 19:30 EST
Sandtrooper Jedimaster-C Reports:
Are they still making these?“Hey Troops, I wanted to let you know that I got my R2 unit sets from Entertainment Earth yesterday. It rained yesterday and when I came home from my brother's house playing D & D, the box got wet. Fortunately the contents of the box were nice and dry. I only wanted the set that included the RX-X2. It's not a bad looking set. A bit pricey for what you get. Nothing new in the basic figures in my area, but I’m still looking.”


Posted by: Darth_Spice | 29 January 2006 | 19:24 EST
Update from Action-HQ:
Action-HQ.com - bringing the Best to you first with the Star Wars Saga Collection Wave 2, 1/64 Rally Collection, Tekken 5 Trading Figures, Chogokin Space Sheriffs Sharivan & Shaider, Marvel Saga & Q-Type & much more!

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General Rieekan
Major Derlin
AT-AT Driver
Snow Trooper
Darth Vader
Power Droid
Medicom RAH EP3 Darth Vader
Tomy Remote Control R4-P17
Kotobukiya 1/7 Commander Bly
Exclusive "Demise of Grievous"
Ultra Titanium Droid Tri-Fighter
Ultra Titanium ARC-170 Fighter
Transformers Anakin Jedi Starfighter
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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 29 January 2006 | 19:10 EST
Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
“Taking preorders on Kit Fisto Sideshow 12-inch. Luke Skywalker ANH retailer exclusive lightsaber in stock. 2006 Star Wars poster art calendar, ROTS Darth Vader 18 month calendar & ROTS 18 month calendar $4.95 each and are in stock. For more info click here.”

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Posted by: dustrho | 29 January 2006 | 11:50 EST
Dewback Patrol: The Next Big Event?
Simmah dahhwwn Naaah!I’ve had several loyal troopers in the last few weeks ask me the same question: “What is the next big event?” It certainly would be nice if there were a yearly event that was run similar to Star Wars Celebration, but we all know that would never happen due to cost and resource constraints. There are rumors on the Internet that Celebration IV will be taking place to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars (hopefully you know what year that is), but it has yet to be set in concrete. So, what is coming down the pipe? Good question. Of course there will always be the annual Wizard World events at various locations across the country, there will be the Comic-Cons, but is there anything else heading our way? Unfortunately, to my knowledge, the answer is no.

Sandtroopers Taking Names!The next big event in my area will be Wizard World Chicago, and I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait for the event to get here since it will take place in August. I wish there would be something smack dab in the center of this great country, where we could all get together, and have a big Sandtroopers party of some sort. But, with many of us having our own families, lack of funds, etc, it would be difficult for something like that to take place. What are everyone’s thoughts about trying to maybe do our own special Star Wars event? I’m not sure what the details would be, what we would do, where we would meet, but I sure would like to be able to meet everyone in person at some point in time. If you have any ideas as to what we could do, share those ideas in our forum. I’d be really excited to see what everyone here has to say.

Posted by: dustrho | 29 January 2006 | 11:40 EST
S.C.A.L.P. News: Trooper of the Month
Who's the top Troop? The one with the scoop? The one with the big heart? YOU get to decide!Hey troopers! I wanted to let you know of an idea that I have been thinking about now for the last few months, and it involves awarding one of forum members as Trooper of the Month. The specifics about this have not yet been defined, but I wanted to let you know what I had up my sleeve. I will relay more details here in our forums, so if you have any questions or suggestions feel free to reply to that thread.

Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 January 2006 | 16:56 EST
Update from K & C Collectibles:
K & C Collectibles has received the following new items this week. Take a few minutes to browse the different section of our web site. Action figures (Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Power of the Force, Power of the Jedi, Clone Wars, Saga), 12” figures, Toys, trading cards, pewter, books, games and misc sections. Most Episode III items clearance priced. Also new this week: Bounty Hunter 7 Pack Diamond Exclusive and the Clone Wars DVD 3-packs.

New Saga Wave II:
General Veers – 007
Major Derlin – 008
AT-AT Driver – 009
R2-D2 – 010
Snowtrooper – 011
General Rieekan – 012
Darth Vader – 013
Power Droid – 014

New Titanium Vehicles:
Republic Gunship (Clone Wars) - Limited
Darth Vader's TIE Fighter
Imperial Shuttle
AT-AT Walker
Titanium Gift Set # 3
New Unleashed Battle Packs:
Battle of Felucia - 327th Star Corps
Battle of Kashyyyk - Elite Clone
Battle of Kashyyyk – Heroes
Battle of Kashyyyk - Wookiee Warriors

Collector Plates:
Anakin Skywalker Plate
Clone Trooper Plate

Pre-Order January 29th Deadline:
Yoda Monument - Clone Wars
Mini Helmets
General Grievous Demise
Skirmish in the Senate

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Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 January 2006 | 14:32 EST
Update from Master Replicas: Y-wing Studio Scale
Click photo for larger image!“While Red Leader and his spirited squadron of X-wing fighters engage the turbo lasers and TIE fighters of the Imperials, Gold Squadron in their older but sturdy Y-wing fighters begin a daring attack run on a small thermal exhaust port: the one identifiable weakness of the dreaded Death Star…”

Bring home the excitement of the Battle of Yavin as Master Replicas adds this most famous of starfighters from the Star Wars saga to our acclaimed Studio Scale series of model replicas. Collectors Society on sale: January 31, 2006. General Public on sale Date: February 2 , 2006 (9:00 am Pacific Time for both dates). Created from a direct study of Lucasfilm archival materials, the Rebel Y-wing combines hundreds of model kit parts and dimensions from the many models used to portray this classic ship onscreen into a faithful representation that features:

  • Machined aluminum and brass components
  • Quality resin construction
  • Injection molded details
  • Individual stand featuring a museum quality display base
  • Plaque and certificate of authenticity

  • Posted by: Darth_Spice | 28 January 2006 | 14:11 EST
    Sandtrooper Eric Reports:
    “Troopers, the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Waterloo, IL had what looked like 4-5 cases of the Hoth wave freshly stocked on the pegs this morning at $5.88 per figure. I would have bought some, but EntertainmentEarth has billed my credit card for the Hoth wave case so mine are on the way. United We Find!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 January 2006 | 23:18 EST
    Update from StarWarsShop.com:
    Continue the Star Wars legacy with some of our newest collectibles and toys! Star Wars veterans will treasure the two new scaled lightsaber replicas from Episode IV. For fans of Episode III, the new Unleashed BattlePack Assortment allows you to recreate epic battles. Come back often as we are frequently adding new and exclusive products!

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 27 January 2006 | 23:14 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedihawk Reports:
    Texas S.C.A.L.P. Border Patrol“Well Troopers it’s been quite a long time since my last report troops. So here goes. Wal-Mart - Not much in the way of figures. They have had a few cases of the Carkoon Wave but that is about all. There were lots of the choppers (why?) and the Transformers. Also saw the latest wave of Titanium here with the AT-AT and Limited Gunship. Have not received the Hoth wave yet. Super Wal-Mart - Pretty Much the same story. But they did get in 2 cases of the Hoth wave about 2 weeks ago. Only place in town to have gotten that wave. Have not seen the Titanium AT-AT wave here yet. I guess it’s a trade off for the Hoth Wave. They had a pretty decent Clearance after the holidays and I managed to pick up a few items.

    Target - Well they have got several cases of the Carkooon wave. But at $7 per figure (WM is $5.88) they seem to be losing business a little. But man did they have some clearance deals after the holidays. I picked up some pretty good stuff there for 50%-75% off. Now that is all gone. I picked up the last clearance items just today. Collector packs for $1.24 each. TRU - Well they actually did get one wave of the Carkoon wave. But that is about all. Well unless you need a Millennium Falcon, they have plenty of the ROTS ones or the OTC ones. I have not heard yet if my store will be closing. But it will not be a huge loss in the availability of product. They are usually not even in the game these days for SW. They do have some other lines, so I would hate to see them go, but I feel it may be inevitable. Well Troops good luck in the New Year and with the new line. And as always...hunt'em down.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 January 2006 | 22:01 EST
    Sandwatch Action Figure Review: A real "Cliff" Hanger!
    Hey Troops, Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews have been updated with the second figure from the Saga Hoth Wave #008 Major Bren Derlin - the Battle of Hoth. Making your way in the world today takes everything you got, Hasbro making a new figure today sure would help a lot. Wouldn't they like to get away? At times you need to, is Bren Derlin one you need a break from? Feel free to offer your own feedback about the Saga collection. Until then enter if you dare!

    Mamma said Knock You Out!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 January 2006 | 19:39 EST
    Sandtrooper Starfox Reports: Deep in the Heart of Texas!
    Real Men wear Pink!“News from Central Texas is kind of dull recently but Kmart in Killeen put out a partial case of ROTS figs and I was lucky enough to find one a 501st Trooper, but it was still $6.99! The SAGA Hoth wave has hit one local Wal-Mart, but disappeared very quickly! Not much more to report from here, but I want to give a shout out and big Thank You to Sandtroopette Stephanie, a.k.a. Teffie1, for hooking me up with a Target TIE Fighter from the clearance shelves and a Leia Cup with Figure! I'm still looking for most of the Target cup sets with figures; email me if you have any on clearance in your area! Be sure to check out the forums for many great traders! That's all from central Texas, Starfox signing out...”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 26 January 2006 | 16:10 EST
    Sandtrooper Jim Reports:
    Hey Troops! Just wanted to say thanks for those who took advantage of the New Year's Sale and send word about a few new items. In stock and shipping this week are the Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker RotJ F/X Master Replicas Lightsabers. We also have a small stock of the Gentle Giant Darth Vader mini-bust. Stay tuned to Sandtroopers.com for a possible Forum Exclusive in the weeks to come!

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 25 January 2006 | 18:06 EST
    Force of the Bay: Check your Identification
    Hey Troopers, with tax refund season rapidly approaching, I once again set sights on Ebay. If you ever get a little bit of loose change, it’s one of the greatest places to look to spend it! Did you already blow those worthless New Year’s resolutions? It’s never too late to clean up your act. You might want to start on that costume you’ve procrastinated on for years. You might want to take command, or if you are one to lose your head, fall behind and be a loyal follower! If you are growing tired of the mini-bust line, perhaps going life-sized is a direction you’d like to turn. There are some statues out there that include everything except the smell. I just never seem tired of digging up old fossils, and it’s hard to believe you can still find a good one of those! Stick with the good people at Sandtroopers.com and you’ll never have to wave any flag in the air! Unlike this Sith Lord we are not full of hot air, we know what is worth something and what is truly rare! Remember Sandtroopers.com neither endorses nor authenticates any of the items featured here. Good luck to you great Troopers in your searches, United We Find!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 25 January 2006 | 16:48 EST
    Sandtrooper ACPin Reports: A hairy situation!
    Kashyyyk BattleKashyyyk Battle: Kashyyyk is a lush jungle planet where treetops serve as homes for the native Wookiees, a towering fur-covered species known to be ferocious warriors. The planet serves as a navigation gateway for the entire southwest quadrant of the galaxy, making it of prime strategic importance. During the Clone Wars, the Separatists attempted to subjugate Kashyyyk by invading it with their droid armies. Click the photo on the right for the full story!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 25 January 2006 | 16:43 EST
    Sandtrooper Kevin Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Recon Patrol“Well the news from south Jersey...nothing. While running errands today I stopped into K-mart. Are you kidding me one peg for figures. Wal-Mart.Yeah it was the same story at Toys R us new carpet, no figures. I will stick to my Target where I scored walking Vader. I don't buy re-packs but I justified it by the fact that this version was never on a card back and has different paint on his chest plate. Plus I have a gift card from said store so it was free.... from a certain point of view. If any one wants I can keep an eye peeled since I start everyday at 6 a.m..”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 25 January 2006 | 15:13 EST
    Sandtrooper Jason Reports:
    “Wal-Mart at the Quarry Shopping Center in Countryside, IL (LaGrange/Hodgkins) offered a couple more cases of the Saga Hoth wave today at lunchtime. No Vaders (either pose) nor GNK droids on the pegs however. If anyone needs help, drop me a line. Likewise, if you need the second Burger King Darth Vader (breathing, from the DVD promo), let me know (this means Troopette Donna, Trooper John Beal, et al). Until next time, keep up the good fight, keep making this the best Star Wars collecting site on the World Wide Web, and, United We Find!”


    Posted by: Boba Binks | 25 January 2006 | 15:08 EST
    Area Report: Unleashed Battlepacks in Indy!
    Still on patrol in the circle city!“Today I stopped into Wal-Mart (Indianapolis, IN.) and I saw new sets of the Mini Unleashed packs. They have four new sets that belong in the Battle of Falucia and Battle of Kashyyyk. Neat looking figures for those who collect them.”


    Posted by: dustrho | 24 January 2006 | 21:42 EST
    Latest Newsletter from r2dtoys.com
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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 January 2006 | 21:48 EST
    Dewback Patrol: Star Tours the Ride & the lost Wave IV
    What's the matter? Can't keep up with the Dewback?While on voluntary leave last week, somehow I found myself smack dab in the middle of live Sandtrooper field duty. I found myself at the feet of a very large AT-AT and in a very familiar village. As I made my way up the boarding ramp, I acquired photos of those meddling Droids we’ve given chase to since the late 1970’s. I utilized my standard issue field equipment to surveillance the entire area and after neutralizing the Starspeeder 3000, I made way through the Tatooine Traders marketplace and made the discovery of the forgotten Star Tours wave IV where they were literally falling off the pegs. For the entire recon mission click here. Special Thanks go out to double agent Frank who made sure I was able to “shoot” and take control of all of the Droids. Did you score wave IV yet? Did you care? Let us know.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 23 January 2006 | 21:38 EST
    Sandtrooper Darth Pharoah Reports:
    Goes down Souf!“DarthPharaoh checking in. Well, the new Titanium wave has hit the Atlanta area. I even found the CW Gunship. Way cool. The big news however was at a local Wal-Mart where I found a nearly hidden and almost full Clone Wars DVD/# Pack figure display between rows of self-checkout lanes. I picked up 2 complete sets. One is earmarked for a local fellow collector but I have another set available for anyone who still needs it!! Cost ($21) plus shipping and it’s the first person that lets me know they want it! Someone who still needs it please. If you aren’t first, I’ll run by there again tonight on my way home and see if there’s any left so hurry and get back to me ASAP! I’m out; let’s crush those scalpers!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 22 January 2006 | 22:57 EST
    Sandtroopette Stephanie Reports:
    “Hello from SoCal. I found a few Hoth wave figures. However, most stores that have any new figures have the Cartoon wave. The Titanium smaller figures have been real easy to find so far. Update on Toy R Us exclusives: I noticed you can pre-order the Defense of the Senate Battle Pack online as well as the Clone Wars Gunship. My local TRU almost never has anything of interest, so I bought most of their exclusive stuff online last year. Just thought I'd give you the heads up if you may not be able to get it in your area or would just rather pre-order. KBtoys.com also has the Tarkin figures as well as a decent selection of some of the other later ROTS figures and the Saga Cartoon wave. I hope this can help someone out, United We Find!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 22 January 2006 | 22:56 EST
    Sandtrooper Obi-Ray Reports:
    “Just to let you know that the Lego.Com has the Jawa Sandcrawler Item #10144. It comes complete with a total of 11 Very Hard to find mini figures and droids, Including: Uncle Owen Lars, 3 Jawas, R2-D2, C-3PO, R5-D4, R1-G4, ASP droid, gonk droid and Treadwell droid. The Cockpit opens to load a driver, and the Very Special Steering Mechanism lets you guide the Jawa vehicle to its next adventure! It measures 15-in/38 cm long, 7.5-in/19 cm wide and 9-in/22 cm high. This set was very hard for me to find, and with new sets being released all the time, this piece will be gone before you know it! So if you like to build lego sets, take a look at Lego.com. This one is sold out at all Lego Stores.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 January 2006 | 23:55 EST
    Dewback Patrol: South Bend Comic Con
    Foot PatrolOur own Pat Newell was able to attend a local show in South Bend, IN today and while you could have left the Dewback and covered this one on foot patrol, it is always nice to get out and do some hunting in an unconventional way. Jedi Scholar 8 was able to infiltrate and give us some details from his mission. This is a new show; however for those in the Florida area stay tuned to Dewback Patrol for Florida Extravaganza in just five short days!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 January 2006 | 22:47 EST

    Sideshow Kit Fisto
    : Sideshow continues the 12-inch lineup with the fourth installment. Kit Fisto, with meaty dreadlocks, is priced at $54.99 and comes with a green saber and his robe.

    Code 3 – Signature Vader’s TIE: Code 3 is making only 500 pieces of this cool set - each signed by none other than James Earl Jones. Get your preorder in now at $60 under the MSRP - $439.99. We can only order 5 of these from Code 3 so they won't last long.

    New Arrivals
    Bounty Hunters Gift Set
    : A great new boxed set exclusive to Diamond Comics' Previews program. This set includes Darth Vader, IG-88, Bossk, Boba Fett, Dengar and more - in stock now for $32.99.

    Voltron Masterpiece Lions Set: We are 90% sold out on this item, but do have a small amount of sets in stock now for $149.99. This set comes in Toynami's awesome book style box with two pull-out trays and an opening front and back cover - very cool set overall.

    Transformers: The Trailer for 20th Op is back in stock for $69.99 and just as our supply of Pepsi Prime was about to run dry, another shipment arrived so we have fresh inventory of this fun retro-inspired piece.

    Also this week: Marvel Figures Factory, Batman Secret Files II and much more.

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 January 2006 | 22:23 EST
    Update from Master Replicas: Luke Skywalker Episode IV Lightsaber
    “Seduced by tales of the Jedi Knight father he never knew, Luke Skywalker is recruited to the freedom fighting cause of the Rebel Alliance, armed only with his courage and a lightsaber that had once belonged to his father…” For the first time own an accurate, fully licensed replica of Luke Skywalker’s iconic Jedi weapon as seen onscreen in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope —complete with a customized plaque autographed by Luke Skywalker himself: actor Mark Hamill. This signature edition replica is accurate in every detail and features the correct positioning of the mid-band clamp as it was seen onscreen. Our previously released Elite Edition featured details that were seen only on the lightsaber prop used for publicity photos, in addition to being constructed from stainless steel. There will also be a limited edition available for those not interested in the signature edition.

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 January 2006 | 4:30 EST
    Update from Action-HQ:
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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 21 January 2006 | 3:45 EST
    Sandtrooper Dead Hero reports:
    Who's Dead?“ Hi Troops! After several days of northeast Illinois Targets restocking the Carkoon wave of Saga figures, Target in Countryside, IL (LaGrange/Hodgkins) got two cases of the Hoth Wave including all 14 figures to date. Likewise, area Wal-Marts came through in a scattergun approach with the Carkoon wave coming and going. Titanium series and choppers are showing up steadily at both Target and Wal-Mart, with perhaps the strangest find being a heretofore named net-exlusive G.I.Joe HISS tank at Countryside Target with a shady resticker over the UPC. In the vein of ‘United We Find,’ I’d like to thank Trooper JediMCor of the Empire State of New York for completing a trade with me, allowing me to get my hands on the C3 Vader, and to get it from a friend and fellow Troop! Keep troopin’ Unified! Dead Hero signing off!”


    Posted by: dustrho | 20 January 2006 | 23:42 EST
    New Pictures of Saga 2006 Figures & Titanium Vehicles!
    Newsflash!!!Hey troopers! I have some exciting news to that will help you start the weekend off right! Not sure if these were posted on any "other" sites, but if you haven't seen these yet you're going to be in for quite a surprise. We have received an encoded transmission from one of our spies that contained forty images of new Star Wars toys, which include several images of new Saga figures and Titanium Vehicles! You will NOT want to miss out on this incredible report! Read more about this here.

    Posted by: dustrho | 20 January 2006 | 21:22 EST
    Your Prized Possession
    My Prized PossessionWe all have our great and not-so great items in our collection, but if someone were to walk up to you on the street or ask you in a public forum (such as ours) what your most prized possession would be, how would you reply to that? Do you have one particular item that is your most prized possession? How would you determine which item in your collection would fit the bill? Think of it this way if you’re having a hard time trying to figure out what is your most prized possession (and this is something many people have asked me before): if your house were engulfed in flames and firefighters informed you that they have just enough time to grab only one item from your Star Wars collection, what would you ask them to save for you?

    Check out the article I have written regarding this topic. What I would like from this discussion is to see what everyone believes is their most prized possession in their Star Wars collection. I’d also like to know why you chose that particular item. There could be a million different reasons why you chose that, and that is something I would like to discuss with all the loyal troopers in our forum. So, read the article I have written, and then visit and share with us what your most prized possession is in your collection.

    Posted by: dustrho | 20 January 2006 | 21:06 EST
    Follow-Up: Unleashed Battle Packs
    Unleashed Battle PacksA couple months ago I wrote an article about the new Unleashed Battle Packs, and how I was not at all thrilled with them. At the time I couldn’t believe Hasbro chose to go with the smaller lineup of figures over the larger, more detailed versions. Well, that has all changed now that I have three of the packs in my possession. My wife came home one day with the Utapau Warriors set, and I couldn’t believe the amount of detail that was put into these! The paint job and sculpt on them were impressive for something so incredibly small. She then came home this past weekend with two additional packs: Battle Droids and Clone Trooper Attack Battalion. Both of these also impressed me, and I’m starting to regret my earlier comments about these. You have to admit, though, that these are very well done for the scale that they are, and the price isn’t all that bad either as you get four figures in decent poses.

    So what are your thoughts about these now, especially as they’ve been in stores now for a couple of months? From what I’ve gathered in our forum, it seems that most people still have not been sold on these, but I sure have. The packaging alone is great to look at, and the figures themselves are nicely done by Hasbro. Head on over to our forum and tell us what you think about these.

    Posted by: dustrho | 20 January 2006 | 20:54 EST
    Sandtrooper Fernando Reports:
    "I'm sending you this info and a picture to let you know there are two different package variations for Darth Vader Saga 013. Cards and paper inserts are the same on front and back, the wrap around bubble is different to acomodate the different poses on each one. Both came with a holo Emperor! These were found in So. California this morning, one in a Wal-Mart and the other at Target (open cape)."



    Posted by: dustrho | 20 January 2006 | 20:40 EST
    Latest News from r2dtoys.com:
    Our new DEAL OF THE WEEK starts today, with a fantastic piece and great price for the Master Replicas Anakin Skywalker ROTS Lightsaber FX edition... £59 / €84 / $101. There is a limited availability and the price will END on Friday 27 January 2006.

    We're also having a warehouse clearance event, where there is 30% off all Episode III products from Hasbro, plus many more items slashed to clear! Click here for more information about this exciting offer!

    Recent Arrivals:
    Bounty Hunter 7-pack Search for the Millennium Falcon
    Biker Scout Trooper Statue Gentle Giant
    C-3PO Exclusive Chrome Bust Gentle Giant
    Best Buys Exclusive Darth Vader Unleashed Figure
    Saga 2006 Basic Figures 1-6
    Saga 2006 Millennium Falcon
    Saga 2006 Lightsaber Assortment

    Arriving Soon:
    Chopper Vehicle Assortment
    Galactic Heroes (latest wave)
    Force Battlers (latest wave)
    Saga 2006 Wave 2

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    Posted by: dustrho | 19 January 2006 | 22:00 EST
    Troopers Helping Troopers
    The Hoth Wave Rocks!Have you been looking for any of the Hoth wave of Saga 2006 figures, but unfortunately you haven’t come across one in your immediate area? Don’t want to pay the inflated scalper prices on eBay for one? Well, you’re in luck, because fellow Sandtroopers.com forum members are finding these (and other hard-to-find items) all across the country, and they’re willing to help you out. The best thing you could do is to join our forums, and post a thread in the Most Wanted or Trade List sections in the Marketplace of the forums. Troopers have been helping troopers for quite some time, and you will notice in the Feedback thread there’s a very large number of great people who can help you out with your collecting woes. The service is free and can only help you and other troopers build up your collection. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the forums right now! United We Find!

    Posted by: dustrho | 19 January 2006 | 21:44 EST
    Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
    We are now taking pre-orders for the new Luke Skywalker ANH Master Replicas mini saber. Wicket & Tusken Raider Attakus, Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker & Barriss Offee with Luminara Unduli maquettes, New Hope Obi-Wan & Anakin AOTC mini sabers; die cast arc-170 Starfighter, Droid fighter, Slave I, Clone turbo tank & more in stock. Clearance sale on Star Wars Hasbro 2005 toys & Master Replicas items. For more info click here.”

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    Posted by: dustrho | 19 January 2006 | 21:33 EST
    Sideshow Kit Fisto Pre-Order Begins Tomorrow!
    The exciting new 12" Kit Fists from Sideshow Collectibles will be available for pre-order tomorrow betweeen 10AM-10:30am PST. From their website: "You will NOT be contacted via email the same day that the item is posted for pre-order. In order to pre-order this you must be a registered newsletter subscriber and sideshow account holder by the end of today (January 19, 2006, 11:59pm PST). Phone orders will be taken for qualified Priority Pre-Order subscribers, however due to recent server upgrades we believe that your online ordering experience will be much faster then ordering via phone."

    So, if you want to get a hold of this to add to your collection, you better act NOW! Best of luck to all those who so desperately want to add this to their collection! Click on the banner below to check out more about this!

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    Posted by: dustrho | 18 January 2006 | 21:32 EST
    POLL: Your Thoughts About the Saga 2006 Figures
    AT-AT DriverIn recent years we had the original Saga line of carded figures, where the background was a fairly plain blue color with not much going for itself, but of course back then we were all salivating to get our hands on these figures. Then came the Original Trilogy Collection, which brought us back to the late ‘70s and early ‘80s with its retro carded look of the vintage line. Next came the wave to celebrate Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, with its fiery lava background and Darth Vader looming overhead. And now we have the Saga 2006 wave, with a totally brand new style for the card design, but borrowing a little bit of design from the OTC line. To me, this is one of the more exciting designs Hasbro could have come up with, but lets just hope we get more new figures and new sculpts of figures that have been repeatedly done.

    I’m currently running a poll over in the forums, where I ask the following question: What are your thoughts about the Saga 2006 figures? I think it’s pretty obvious of how I answered this poll, but I’d like to hear what your thoughts are on the matter. Feel free to reply to the thread with those comments as well.

    Posted by: dustrho | 18 January 2006 | 21:24 EST
    Going Back in Time!
    Sandtroopers Invade Celebration IIIIt’s that time again we’re we go “Back in Time” to visit one of our older Dewback Patrol missions. Last time we took you back to the Industrial Light & Magic show at Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry (August 2004), and this time we’re going back nine months in time to go to Celebration III. Next to the release of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Celebration III would be the biggest event of 2005. Not only did Sandtroopers.com cover the event in full force, but we were probably the most prepared Star Wars collecting site out on the Net. We were already bringing to you on a daily basis the latest news relating to the event, and when the time came to deploy our troops we invaded Indianapolis on a mission to bring you the best Celebration III coverage out there.

    Leading the charge was none other than Darth Spice himself, along with fellow staff members Boba Binks, Jimsjedi, Sandtrooper Dan and Sand Snipe. I was unable to make it to the event, as I had just had my very first child who we named Lucas, so I stayed back at headquarters and helped bring the news and photos to all our loyal troopers out there. One of the coolest parts of the events was our dispersal of Sandtroopers.com t-shirts, because everywhere you looked were troopers sporting our name on these incredibly designed t-shirts (we’re hoping to do another run of t-shirts sometime this year, for those of you who missed out on one of these).

    The mission was a complete success. So sit back, grab yourself something to eat and drink, and prepare yourselves for the ride of a lifetime as we take you back to Celebration III.

    Posted by: Dan | 17 January 2006 | 9:21 EST
    Wausau, WI Store Reports:
    Greetings from North woods of Wisconsin! I've been out hunting new figures the last couple days, and this is what I’ve seen out there locally. Wal-Mart reset there toy section and restocked the Star Wars section with the Pit of Carcoon wave as well as the Hoth wave, they were at the $5.88 price. Target and Shop-Ko had the Pit of Carcoon wave only! Going at the $6.99 price range at each store. Target looked like they just stocked the new figures because they had plenty hanging on the pegs. Target also had lots of the new Star wars Transformers and some newer Galactic heroes. Well that's the scoop up here in the North woods and I’m glad things are starting to happen. It's so nice to walk into the stores and see freshly stocked pegs with shiny new figures adorning them. Good luck in your neck of the woods!

    Posted by: dustrho | 16 January 2006 | 21:01 EST
    SWS.com Exclusive Kotobukiya Sandtrooper Sergeant
    DescriptionStarWarsShop.com now has the exclusive Kotobukiya Sandtrooper Sergeant in stock and ready to ship! This is sold exclusively on SWS.com, so you won't find this anywhere else. There will only be a limited run of these, totalling 500 pieces, so you know these will run out quickly. The Sergeant sports the white shoulder pauldron, backpack, E-11 blaster, and comes nice and dirty. Head on over right now to StarWarsShop.com to order yourself this exclusive statue!

    Posted by: dustrho | 16 January 2006 | 19:09 EST
    Sandtrooper Kevin Reports:
    S.C.A.L.P. Recon Patrol"Even if my call sign says I'm from Pennsylvania (born and raised there and proud to be a PENN STATE, EAGLES AND PHILLIES FAN) I actually live in NJ. Which is okay. The Hoth wave is hitting the area, they must have gotten some at my Cherry Hill target this weekend as the remnants were there, and I also spotted them at the Wal-Mart in Lumberton, NJ . I am actually surprised as to the ones that were left warming the pegs late in the day on a Holiday and the ones that were gone. Lots of both troopers. No Vaders or Rieekan and one Artoo at both, which I got because I consider that a new one. And $1.00 cheaper at Wal-Mart."


    Posted by: dustrho | 16 January 2006 | 19:04 EST
    Sandtrooper Keith Reporting:
    "Here in Vancouver BC things have been pretty dry. Carkoon wave hit and was gone shortly after Christmas. Nothing to speak of since. Lots of old ROTS hanging on the shelves. It looks like our stores are slowly limiting the space for SW figs. Want to give a big thanks to David Sandgren for hooking me up with Target clone and more. This guy was a huge help. If anyone needs TRU still has the Holo Emperor here, going for $8.00 Canadian. Keith."


    Posted by: dustrho | 16 January 2006 | 13:32 EST
    Sandtrooper Stephanie Reports:
    "Well, it's been a while since I've written in from Southern California. I was lucky with the Carkoon wave at Wal-Mart before January 1st. My son wanted to go look in the gardening section (I think he wanted out of the crowded store!) and low and behold, that's where Wal-Mart had put all the boxes of stuff they were going to stock for the toy aisles and I spotted the Star Wars figure box. Still haven't seen the Hoth wave and have found some of the new small Titanium vehicles at Target and Wal-Mart since then. Carkoon wave is also in Target here though not in great numbers. Biggest thing I've found is the stuff from last year at super clearance prices. Target has their exclusive TIE fighter marked down to just $9.98 (from $39.99), Plo Kon's starfighter was $13.98, the Episode III figures are now $1.18 (if you see any - I found a handful of them at each store and some pretty good figures - probably returns), the Battlepacks (Jedi vs. Sith) are $6.98, the Target exclusive figures with the cups are $6.98 and the Target Star cases are $2.68 here. I picked up some extra stuff I didn't need but couldn't resist the prices! If you see any left over Episode III figures at Wal-Mart (I've found some), they're marked down to $3 and last year's Unleashed are $9. Toys 'R Us had the Battle Arenas at $5.98. Toys 'R Us here doesn't have anything new that I've seen. On the clearance stuff, you will need to take it to a scanner to realize just how marked down it is. Don't go by the price you see in the aisle or even if it has a red clearance sticker on it. Hope that helps."


    Posted by: dustrho | 16 January 2006 | 13:27 EST
    Sandtrooper Jedimaster-C Reports:
    Are they still making these?"Hey all, I saw these on eBay and wanted to share with you the first look at the 2006 VOTC figures. Please note these are just the card backs. The figures on the back of the card are very hard to see but you get an idea who will be coming out."


    Thanks for the heads-up on this great discovery Chad!

    Posted by: dustrho | 16 January 2006 | 9:47 EST
    Sandtrooper dustrho Reporting In!
    Hey Troopers! The other day my wife was running errands and hit the jackpot at Target and Toys 'R Us in our area. She found me three Star Wars Transformers at TRU in the Aurora/Naperville area, and those were General Grievous, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. At a first glance on Hasbro's site I wasn't all that thrilled with these, but I did like the overall concept of them. Now that she picked them up for me, I'm quite thrilled with them. Now I just have to figure out if I'm going to open these up and display them loose in my collection or not.

    She then picked up a bunch of the Saga 2006 Battle of Carkoon figures for me which included the following: Boba Fett, Chewbacca Han Solo and Princess Leia in Boushh Disguise. So, now that first wave of figures are complete for me, and it's just a matter of time before I can get my hands on the Hoth wave of figures! And lastly she picked up a couple of the Unleashed Battle Pack figures, and they were the Battle Droids and Clone Trooper Attack Battalion packs. If you remember from an earlier report that I wrote about, I wasn't too thrilled with Hasbro's choice to go from the regular Unleashed line to the smaller one, but I have to admit now that I'm very much pleased with these. In fact, I want to get all of them to complete the set.

    Until next time Troopers... United We Find!

    Posted by: dustrho | 16 January 2006 | 9:34 EST
    Saga 2006 Hoth Wave Found in Ohio
    From an earlier report that came in a couple days ago, the Saga 2006 Hoth wave was found at a Wal-Mart in Zanesville, Ohio. It sure would be nice if I could find some of these around my neck of the woods, but if I don't ever see them in stores I'm sure some Troopers here would be able to help me out with acquiring them. Thanks for the information Steve! United We Find!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 January 2006 | 21:36 EST

    70% Off Sale: Part II of the January Clearance Sale has commenced. We have added many Star Wars Episode III Items, Gentle Giant mini-busts and Master Replias products to the second part of our New Year blowout!

    Star Wars Astromech Exclusives: Ten new droids are ready to join your collection for just $69.99 - we expect them to arrive around the end of the month. This is a great looking set of two boxed 5-packs.

    Titanium Die-Cast: This fun series of vehicles and die-cast figures is now up for preorder. The vehicles are around three inches in size and each is priced at $4.99. Ultra vehicles are $18.99 and the new 3 3/4-inch die-cast figures start at $15.99. There are 19 different items including Slave I, Death Star, Wookie Helicopter, Shuttle Tydirium, Speeder Bike, Droid Tank, Millenium Falcon and much more! Ultra Ships: 4 ships including Slave I, Snowspeeder, Arc-170 Starfighter and Federation Droid Fighter. Other figures include: Darth Vader and Boba Fett start out this cool series, two versions of each figure, starting at $15.99.

    Saga Wave 4: Hasbro will be releasing 5 different case pack revisions on Saga wave 4, so instead of burdening you with buying by the case, we are offering all the standard figures singly - most for just $7.99 each! No images yet, but some exciting figures including Foul Moudama, Fire Pilot, Commander Cody, Clone Trooper, Grievous & More!

    Unleashed Battlepacks: The second and third waves of miniature Unleashed Figures are now up for preorder at $10.99 per 4-pack. Each wave features multiple sets from various battles including Kashyyyk and Hoth for waves 2 and 3.

    Gentle Giant Bust-Ups: The Clone-Trooper 4-pack and Series 5 Set of 6 Bust-Ups have just arrived! Series 5 is priced at $28.99 and the 4-pack is just $18.99.

    Also this week: G.I. Joe Sigma 6, Transformers Cybertron and much more. Make sure to visit the Pre-Order menu for the new Luke Skywalker F/X Green Lightsaber and the Obi-Wan Kenobi 12-inch figure which have recently been added.

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 January 2006 | 19:31 EST
    Sandtrooper SoCal Rod Reports:
    “Just got back making a toy run to my local Hemet, California Target and Wal-Mart after reading all the great reports of new figures galore. Started at Target where the shelves had been freshly stocked with the Pit of Carkoon wave including a whole batch of Boba Fetts. That was surprising to me. The local scalper must have decided to take the day off. They also had a fresh assortment of transformers (Robots in Disguise) including Luke's X-wing. Next, took the Family Rebel Transport to Wal-Mart, fought the mobs and local denizens, and was happy to see almost a full compliment of the Hoth wave minus Darth waiting for me to buy it up. Nice looking assortment! Wal-Mart also had a good selection of Titanium series, but no sign of the titanium five packs. Keep up the good work Troops and can't wait for the next wave to hit!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 January 2006 | 17:23 EST
    This Just in from Brian's Toys: Newsletter #341

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    We have posted our latest Newsletter #341. Brian's Toys latest newsletter is live and this week we are featuring the Kotobukiya Blue Clone Trooper for the price of $99.99. Also this week the winter specials continue with the Holographic Princess Leia Comicon Exclusive that has been marked down to $19.99! There is also a limited supply of the Mace Windu F/X Lightsabers priced at $99.99. Also don't forget to use Coupon Code NL339 expires at Jan. 15 at 11:59PM CST. Save $10 on orders over $50! Limit one per customer.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 January 2006 | 17:22 EST
    Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews: General Veers
    Hey Troops, Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews have been updated with the first figure from the Saga Hoth Wave #007 General Veers - the Battle of Hoth. We have not seen a General Veers figure on a single card ever. If you missed the PotF AT-AT now is your chance to score the most superior version made to date! Feel free to offer your own feedback about the Saga collection. Until then enter if you dare!

    Mamma said Knock You Out!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 January 2006 | 17:21 EST
    Update from K & C Collectibles:
    K & C Collectibles has received the following new items as well as a restock of the Power of the Jedi TIE Bomber for those who missed out on that release.

    New Saga Wave II:
    General Veers – 007
    Major Derlin – 008
    AT-AT Driver – 009
    R2-D2 – 010
    Snowtrooper – 011
    General Rieekan – 012
    Darth Vader – 013
    Power Droid – 014

    New Titanium Vehicles:
    Titanium Gift Set # 3
    ARC-170 Starfighter Die Cast
    Droid Tri-Fighter Die Cast
    Speeder Bike
    Slave I - Jango Fett
    TIE Fighter – White
    Vulture Droid
    Death Star
    Republic Attack Cruiser
    Clone Turbo Tank
    New Posters:
    Clone Trooper Lenticular Poster
    Boba Fett Lenticular Poster
    Revenge of the Sith 3-D mini poster
    Revenge of the Jedi 3-D mini poster

    Exclusive Figures:
    Wedge Antilles
    Infant Luke Skywalker with Obi-Wan
    Infant Leia Organa with Bail Organa
    Utapau Shadow Trooper
    Holographic Emperor
    Holographic Yoda
    Celebration III - Darth Vader

    Pre-Order January 29th Deadline:
    Yoda Monument - Clone Wars
    Mini Helmets
    General Grievous Demise
    Skirmish in the Senate

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 14 January 2006 | 11:44 EST
    Sandtrooper Darthtyrannusaurus Reports:
    “Hello Troopers, this is my first report to ever, but I thought I'd share some of my finds with some of our members who live in the southeast. Here in Anderson, SC, I hit the jackpot Friday night at Wal-Mart, which had ALL of the SAGA 2--- Carkoon and Hoth waves (several cases of each). At only $5.88 each, this is not a bad deal. I also saw the entire Carkoon wave and a few Hoth wave figures at Target, so stay patient and keep looking because they're here! Later and good luck to you all!”


    Posted by: dustrho | 14 January 2006 | 8:21 EST
    Latest Newsletter from r2dtoys.com

    Gentle Giant MBNA C-3PO Exclusive Bust (2500 worldwide)
    Peter Jackson as Corsair Statue Weta (3500 worldwide)

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 January 2006 | 12:31 EST
    Update from Sideshow Collectibles: This one's the Kit!
    Do you Troopers smell that Kit?Sideshow Collectibles is wasting no time in reeling all of us in to their new 12-inch line. The next up for grabs will be Kit Fisto Jedi Master. We can only hope for them to continue making great choices in character. In addition to such quality and detail. It makes interesting conversation for what lies ahead for us, hopefully for many years to come. Click the photo for info on the pre-order date and time.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 13 January 2006 | 10:19 EST
    Sandtrooper Eric Reports:
    “I've been sick for a little while, but here's my report. My local Wal-Mart Supercenter finally restocked and reset the toy aisles. New Star Wars are on the pegs and they had remnants of the Battle of Carkoon wave and remnants from the Hoth wave after seeing nothing but Mon Mothma a week prior to Christmas. If they are in Waterloo, Illinois, they must be hitting everywhere. Unfortunately, I have to wait for my EntertainmentEarth.com order for the Hoth wave.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 January 2006 | 20:17 EST
    Images Reloaded: 2006 Saga Hoth wave now Live!
    Hey Troops, I have updated our Images Section with the Saga Hoth wave. With the latest 8 figures to hit the market with a frenzy, we were lucky enough to capture them and add them to our new section for your viewing pleasure. Thanks to all of the Troopers who let us know these were in the stores. United We Find!

    `06|#07 General Veers™ with Removable Armor
    `06|#08 Major Bren Derlin™ with Blaster Pistol
    `06|#09 AT-AT Driver™ with Blaster Pistol
    `06|#10 R2-D2™ with Field Accessories
    `06|#11 Snowtrooper™ with Blaster Pistol
    `06|#12 General Rieekan™ with Blaster Pistol
    `06|#13 Darth Vader™ with Removable Helmet
    `06|#14 GNK Droid™ with Treadwell Droid

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 January 2006 | 10:15 EST
    Update from Master Replicas: 3 new .45 Scale Lightsabers!
    Scale down your budget!Start your New Year off on the right foot as Master Replicas continues to expand your Star Wars collectible universe with several new and exciting scaled replica lightsabers. Now available are three new .45 scaled replica lightsabers. You might want either Obi-Wan Kenobi's classic weapon, as seen in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, or you might like to add the very first lightsaber to ever appear onscreen in the Star Wars saga to your collection with our incredible .45 scaled replica of Luke Skywalker's iconic weapon as seen in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. However prequel fans may want to get their hands on the one that "killed them all", which would be the superb .45 scaled replica of the notorious padawan lightsaber with which Anakin Skywalker slaughtered an entire tribe of Sandpeople in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, is a must have addition to every fan's collection. For more visit Master Replicas today!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 January 2006 | 10:00 EST
    Sandtroopette Donna Reports:
    The First Lady of ST.com!“Hey Troops, Donna from So Cal with a couple of finds. At Wal-Mart, I found only one of the new Titanium 5-pack with the raw metal Falcon. When I checked out, it would not scan so the associate sold it to me for $10. At K-mart, I found the Boba Fett Custom Chopper. No sign yet of the Hoth wave. Lastly, a big "thanks" to Habs98 and So Cal Dom for hooking me up with a couple of my wants. Happy Hunting to all!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 January 2006 | 9:59 EST
    Sandtrooper Darth Pharoah Reports:
    Goes down Souf!“DarthPharaoh reporting in that Target seems to be the spot NE of Atlanta. While we’re usually a week or so behind the rest of the country the Hoth wave isn’t the same case. Stopped at 1 Target on my way home from work last night and lo and behold, Hoth was heavy on the pegs! I picked up one of each except for Vader (who needs ANOTHER Vader, getting to be like Han) and left at least 2 of almost all the other still hanging. Not used to getting the waves so early, I almost passed out from surprise. As for other stores around here, KB Toys has gotten the Carkoon wave and the Titanium series but all the Wally Worlds in my area are still doing their resets! Get with it folks. That’s it for now, Death to all scalpers!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 12 January 2006 | 3:17 EST
    Area Report: It's good to Know it still Works!
    Droppin' suckas at a rapid-fire pace!Hey Troopers, acting on YOUR news I decided to mount my Dewback and head west toward Antioch, IL and see if the 24-hour Wal-Mart would provide me with the luck some of our other members have had over the 24 hours. Low and behold was the proverbial jackpot. Both of the new Saga Collection waves, every figure all just put out like it was Christmas! To put the cherry on the sundae, they were still priced at $5.88 each! I am very surprised to see these waves hitting so soon and I’ll look forward to adding these to our 2006 Image page later this afternoon. United We Find Troops! I’d say it’s a good time to get out there and find them. Thanks to everyone who wrote in for letting me know it was time to go!

    Posted by: Boba Binks | 11 January 2006 | 23:03 EST
    Area Report: Stay on Target!
    Still on patrol in the circle city!“Hey Sandtroopers. Just wanted to let you know that 2006 is been really good so far in finding the new figures. Just today at Target I picked up the Hoth wave of action figures for $6.99 each while visiting family here in Indianapolis, IN. Target seems to be the place to find all the new figures so far for me this year. Check your local Target store today. If you have been waiting for a reason to get back out on that Dewback, now you have a couple. Happy Hunting!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 11 January 2006 | 16:09 EST
    Sandtrooper Bobafred Reports: Pullin' off the Hat Trick!
    Desert Warfare“Bobafred chiming in from the San Fernando Valley in Southern Cali ...pulling off "The Hat Trick" on representing So Cal! I must say I'm tickled blue on the rolling banner a Tribute to a day in a life of our Sandtrooper's Star Wars Community. Happy New Year Troops I enjoyed an elongated Holidays Celebration up until now when a day in a life had to get all minty on then drop and me a little Froth on it. I thought I was going to take a break from this collecting madness, but it looks as Hasbro wont let up. 2005!?! What can I say? The greatest movie year of all time? (At least for my child hood memoirs, so sorry ESB), awesome year for redemption, George's wallet, (10k out of my pocket!) My collection, Jangofred's collection. Wow I knew it was going to be a sic year when George had a meeting of the minds, and lined his pockets with George’s of his own forever. Also a personal thank you to Jedi Dom for hooking me up with the EBK. Bobafred firing up the after burners for 2006!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 11 January 2006 | 12:58 EST
    Revenge of the Sith: Unlimited Power of the People!
    Power to the People!Revenge of the Sith continues to dominate the film industry by snagging two People's Choice Awards! The winners have been announced and once again Star Wars is the Sith! Voting is conducted online and thanks to great loyal fans just like you, this movie will continue to make motion picture history. For more on this visit the official site. Why not continue this discussion and give your opinion in our forums?

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 11 January 2006 | 11:54 EST
    Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
    “We are now accepting pre-orders on Gentle Giant Clone Wars Yoda monument & bust ups #6 set of 6 as well as the Sideshow Obi-Wan 12”. Gentle Giant Bossk, 4-LOM, Jango Fett, Boba Fett & Boba Fett silver variant bust ups in stock. Clearance sale on Star Wars Hasbro 2005 toys & Master Replicas items. For more info click here.”

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 11 January 2006 | 11:37 EST
    Sandtrooper Erik a.k.a. ADayintheLife1979 Reports: Hoth Wave is Retail
    “I am absolutely speechless today, folks. The entire Hoth Wave has been found…in Decatur, IL! Out of luck, my boss had sent me to our Wal-Mart early this morning for supplies. I decided to walk by the SW section to look for any more SAGA figs for fellow troopers…when lo and behold, they had an entire case of Hoth figs out, sparkling and minty-fresh! Check out your Wal-Mart stores, folks. Now that January 1st is past, it may be likely that they will move cases straight to shelves and hold nothing back!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 10 January 2006 | 20:01 EST
    Update from BBTS: January Clearance Sale up to 70% Off!
    The team at Big Bad Toy Store is having a January Clearance Sale that has a few notable Star Wars items that include: Gentle Giant Biker Scout with Speeder Bike Statue, Sandtrooper mini-busts, Master Replicas F/X Lightsabers. Plus many deluxe figures for $5.99 including some Clone Trooper builder packs. Also G.I. Joe ARAH B.A.T. army-builder packs have been marked down to $14.99. Plus much more! For the entire list of sale items click here.

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 January 2006 | 20:36 EST
    Update to Gentle Giant Mini-Bust Guide:
    Good Luck and may the Force be with You!With the hype and hoopla that surrounds the Gentle Giant exclusives, Sandtrooper Boba Binks was able to get his hands on images to add to our mini-bust guide. The C-3P0 Convention Exclusive was limited to 2500 pieces worldwide and was offered in a low amount on Star Wars Shop.com. This version is dubbed "as seen in Attack of the Clones", and is one of the most difficult pieces to obtain. Special thanks to Andrew's Toys for help obtaining these photos. Visit Andrew's Toys today for all your Gentle Giant Collectibles, except this one!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 9 January 2006 | 17:24 EST
    Sandtrooper Joe Reports:
    “First of all Happy New Year! I have been reading and enjoying this site for a long time, first thing I do in the morning when I come to work is access Sandtroopers.com read all the news and findings, then I start working. I do the same thing at the end of the day. Sandtroopers.com has the most up to date SW information and everyone helps each other out. I live in Miami Florida and not many people report findings or news from the Sunshine State. This brings me to my first cry for help. I have found 4 of the 6 new saga-06 figures. I need help locating Han Solo & Chewbacca. If someone can help me out I would greatly appreciate it of course I will cover the shipping and handling. Thank you Sandtroopers.com; keep up the good work you're doing.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 January 2006 | 13:03 EST
    Update from Federation Toys: 50% Off Sale!
    Happy New Year! To Celebrate the New Year we want to offer a little good cheer to all our fellow collectors and friends. To kick off our 4th year online, starting tomorrow January 9th until Sunday the 15th, every order will be at 50% off for the total of items only, this does not include shipping and handling. May the Force Be with you All!

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 8 January 2006 | 0:02 EST
    Update from K & C Collectibles:
    K & C Collectibles has just finished inventory and have reduced prices on items currently in-stock. Take a few minutes to browse the different sections. We also have restocked the popular #6 Red Clone Trooper and Version II of the Evolution Clone to Stormtrooper packs.

    Saga Figures:
    Boba Fett - 006
    Chewbacca - 005
    Barada - 004
    Bib Fortuna - 003
    Han Solo - 002
    Leia Boushh - 001

    New Titanium Vehicles:
    Titanium Gift Set # 3
    ARC-170 Starfighter Die Cast
    Droid Tri-Fighter Die Cast
    Speeder Bike
    Slave I - Jango Fett
    TIE Fighter – White
    Vulture Droid
    Death Star
    Republic Attack Cruiser
    Clone Turbo Tank
    New Posters:
    Clone Trooper Lenticular Poster
    Boba Fett Lenticular Poster
    Revenge of the Sith 3D mini poster
    Revenge of the Jedi 3D mini poster

    Exclusive Figures:
    Wedge Antilles
    Infant Luke Skywalker with Obi-Wan
    Infant Leia Organa with Bail Organa
    Utapau Shadow Trooper
    Holographic Emperor
    Holographic Yoda
    Celebration III - Darth Vader

    Pre-Order January 29th Deadline:
    Yoda Monument - Clone Wars
    Mini Helmets
    General Grievous Demise
    Skirmish in the Senate

    click to enter

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 January 2006 | 23:53 EST
    Site Update: Sandtroopers Forum Version 4.0
    Hey Troopers our S.C.A.L.P. Weapons Supplier, dustrho, has been busy making changes to improve our community forums. When store reports are simply not enough, we offer the latest and greatest in Troop-to-Troop communications, that is now ready for your use. For those of you who are unregistered Troopers, what are you waiting for? Membership includes being in one of the greatest Star Wars collecting networks in the Galaxy. If that wasn’t enough you can also participate in what will be known as Sandblast 2006! Plus many more S.C.A.L.P. Trooper benefits are being planned in my war room as we speak. Take five minutes to register and you’ll be ready to attack a lifetime of Star Wars collecting. Begin Today!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 January 2006 | 18:06 EST

    10% Off Sale: Get 10% off every item in our store (excluding 'new' and 'preorder' items) - this sale will run 2 days - until Noon Central time on Monday January 9th. Please be sure to take advantage of these savings on many of the thousands of items we have in stock!

    Star Wars Statues: Attakus brings us two nice new statues - Luke X-Wing and Han Solo in Carbonite - each priced about 10% off their MSRP. We also now have the Sideshow Premium Format Han Solo 1/4 Scale statue - priced at $229.99 - just a few of these remain unsold.

    Masterpiece Ultra Magnus: This item sold out quite a while ago, but one of our specialty suppliers was able to find a few more. They are back in stock for $134.99 and sure to become even harder to find in the future.

    Marvel Legends 11 & 12: Our next shipment from Toy Biz will be arriving in roughly 10 - 14 days. We have preorders available for both ML11 and ML12, so be sure to reserve a set now, the wait is nearly over!

    BBTS Vintage Department: The vintage department has listed a wide variety of G.I. Joe, Transformer, M.A.S.K., Masters of the Universe and other vintage and modern items including a boxed Fortress Maximus! The most recent listings are found here, but be sure to browse the menus of your favorite lines for the complete product listings.

    Also this week: LotR Statues, Narnia statues and much more. Make sure to visit the Pre-Order menu for the new Luke Skywalker F/X Green Lightsaber and the Obi-Wan Kenobi 12-inch figure which have recently been added.

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 January 2006 | 17:44 EST
    Images Reloaded: Wedge Antilles and Holiday Darth Vader
    Got red glossy paint?!?We have had the opportunity to update our image guides with the two separate figures. With the holiday season behind us, Boba Binks has had a chance to add the Holiday Darth Vader. While I didn't think the Christmas Exclusive this year was as good as what was done in the past, I guess you would have to employ the old Christmas phrase "It's the thought that counts!"

    Spare Parts Exclusive!Our second installment comes in the form of the Wedge Antilles Internet Exclusive. Just when you thought it was safe to talk bad about OTC figures again! If you were one of the unfortunate people who were not collecting back when the Rebel Pilots cinema scenes were available, you are now going to be lucky enough to acquire one of them. Special thanks to Action-HQ for these figures. Visit Action-HQ today for all these figures if you are still looking!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 7 January 2006 | 17:28 EST
    Sandtrooper JediSearch Reports: KSWCC Regional Meeting
    Dwayne Steele one of our members is hosting the eastern Kentucky Regional Star Wars Collector Club meeting. The location is at Flatwoods Public Library in Flatwoods, KY. They have graciously agreed to give us the use of their conference room on the second Saturday of each month. The meeting time will be from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Click Here for the full story.

    Posted by: dustrho | 7 January 2006 | 15:33 EST
    Latest from r2dtoys.com
    Some new items are in stock now, and others are on the way and shipping very very soon! Also the new 2006 Saga collection of figures are now £6 each (except for 1 per case figures at £7 each).

    Saga 2006:
    Figures 1-6
    Millennium Falcon (last few)
    Lightsabers (last few)

    New Astromech Droid exclusive packs en-route
    New Bounty Hunter 7-pack en-route
    New Galactic Heroes en-route
    New wave 2 Transformers en-route
    (wave 1 still in stock)
    400% Kubrick Han and Luke Stormtrooper - en route
    Remote Control R2-D2 TOMY en route

    Episode 3:
    R2-D2 interactive - last few remain!
    Republic Gunship - last few remain!
    All figures in stock up to number 68 (except #13, #22, #16, and #45)

    Y-Wing Gold Leader - last few remain
    Slave I with Boba Fett - last few remain
    Millennium Falcon - last few remain
    Darth Vader TIE Fighter - last few remain
    Transitional figures - ALL in stock!

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    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 January 2006 | 21:43 EST
    Update from Sideshow Collectibles: 12-inch Obi-Wan Available Tomorrow!
    Hey Troopers for any of you interested in purchasing this figure you must keep a few things in mind. Pre-orders start between 10:00-10:30a.m. PST. You must be a registered newsletter subscriber and Sideshow account holder by tonight at 11:59p.m. PST. With the amount of time it took to sell out Luke and Anakin you better hope the Force is with You!

    Obi-Wan Kenobi 12

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 5 January 2006 | 13:19 EST
    Update from Action-HQ:
    Action-HQ.com - bringing the Best to you first with Pepsi Prime, Ver.2 Master Grade Z-Gundam, 1/48 Macross Armored Valkyrie, Rambo Movie Masterpieces, Wave 1/24 Tachikoma, Real Posing Dunbine Figures, Eva Ex-Aphrodite Figures, S.I.C Vol.31 & much more!

    Star Wars:
    - Medicom RAH EP3 Darth Vader Limited Version
    - Fine Molds 1/72 Millennium Falcon
    - Tomy Remote Control R4-P17
    - Kotobukiya 1/7 Clone Commander Bly
    - Ultra Titanium Series Die-Cast 6" Droid Tri-Fighter
    - Ultra Titanium Series Die-Cast 6" ARC-170 Fighter
    - Wave 2 Unleashed Battle Packs Set of 4
    - Target Exclusive "Demise of Grievous" Figure
    - Star Wars Transformers Luke Skywalker X-Wing
    - Star Wars Transformers Anakin Jedi Starfighter
    - Star Wars Transformers Boba Fett Slave I
    - Star Wars Transformers Darth Maul Sith Infiltrator
    - The Saga Collection Exclusive Astromech Droid Set #1
    - The Saga Collection Exclusive Astromech Droid Set #2

    visit Action-HQ below

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 January 2006 | 21:34 EST
    Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews: Double Sandwatch with Cheese!
    Hey Troops, Sandwatch Action Figure Reviews have been updated with our second installment from the Saga 2006 Collection #002 Han Solo - with Carbonite Block. I'd have like to have gone two-for-two but as the great James Hetfield would say, "honesty is my only excuse!" Did we really need Han Solo? Also check out my own little Hasbro move with the addition of Boba Fett but with the old school review from April 3rd 2003, it was the only way I could see it getting a thumbs up! Hasbro isn't the only one who knows how to pull off a good rehash. Feel free to offer your own feedback about the Saga collection. Until then enter if you dare!

    Mamma said Knock You Out!

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 January 2006 | 8:21 EST
    Revenge of the Sith: #1 at the Box Office for 2005
    George with enough loot to fill up a Death Star!We can all get a little satisfaction with the Box Office results from 2005 coming in. Revenge of the Sith brought in over $380 million dollars according to the box-office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations. While Hollywood had a down year, George Lucas and Star Wars did not. For more on this story click here. I know for me personally I was very happy to see one of these films receive the recognition it truly deserves. Now if I could be so bold and predict some kind of Oscar? What is your opinion? Discuss it in our forums.

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 4 January 2006 | 7:22 EST
    Update from Collectors Gallery Online:
    “Gentle Giant Boba Fett statue Pre-order. Gentle Giant Speeder Bike statue & Han Solo Sideshow 1:4 statue, OTC Boba Fett & OTC Stormtrooper 12-inch figures, Art of Star Wars saga & RotS Masterworks lithograph art print sets, 11 classic Star Wars calendars, ROTS foil Valentines in stock. For more info click here.”

    Click Here

    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 January 2006 | 17:59 EST
    Sandtrooper SoCal Dom Reports:
    One of SoCal's Finest!“Wow, it has been quite a while since I last appeared here. I wanted to let a few people know how thankful I am for some of the help you have given me. Big shout out to Trooper Chris Gereke for hooking me up with a full set of the Pit of Carkoon wave. Also, a huge shout out to Trooper Bobafred for the countless leads as well as the help with the upcoming online items to be released this month. Your early bird kit is on its way! Hey Spice, I still cannot believe the extra bust ups you threw my way. I will never forget that!

    I just wanted to let everyone know that the Inland Empire area of So Cal is pretty barren. I did not see the Clone Wars DVD 3-packs out here at any time, and it looks pretty bleak from here. Not much else to report. I wanted to let anyone out there who collects Bust Ups that I have an extra set each of the Battle Damaged Clone Trooper 4-packs. I have the Utaupau in one window and a 501st in the other. That is all 4 clones and each of their variants for all 8 bust ups. I want to sell them for cost-plus shipping. The good thing is if you need one or the other or both sets, you can be assured that you are getting the correct set. If you get it through SWShop, you may get the same set over again. I also have 4 extra Utapau Shadow troopers that I wanted to sell at cost-plus shipping. Send me an email with your offers. Good to be back, hope everyone had Happy New Year and good luck to everyone this year on their collecting endeavors.”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 January 2006 | 12:49 EST
    Sandtroopette Donna Reports:
    The First Lady of ST.com!“Hey Troops, Donna from So Cal wishing all a Happy New Year! Target is the only place stocking new stuff. Found Transformers, Custom Choppers, new Galactic Heroes (Speeder Bike wave), Ultra Titanium’s (Droid & ARC), and two waves of the Titanium vehicles (turbo tank & death star). I was lucky enough to find the TH white TIE fighter. Also at Target, I found 4 of the 6 new saga2 figs. Missed Boba and Han. Lastly, you may also want to check the clearance aisles at Target. Found Star Cases, Micro sets, fig w/cups, big wing TIE Fighter, and lava figs all on clearance. Happy Hunting!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 January 2006 | 12:49 EST
    Sandtrooper Darth Pharoah Reports:
    Goes down Souf!“DarthPharaoh checking in for the New Year! Generally speaking the Targets around here have been the first to get out the Saga figures and newest Titanium series ships. Wally World’s been a bit slow having only gotten out those hideous choppers and the Transformers as far as I’ve seen. Nothing new at Kmart, KBToys or TRU yet but TRU has had some of the old Jedi Council Scenes sitting around. I picked up 3 of them for less than 6 bucks a piece. Wasn’t ever going to bother with these but at that price I couldn’t pass them up. Actually got a 4th scene from Entertainment Earth for just over 7 as well. Just waiting for the Hoth wave now! I’m out...Death to all scalpers!”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 2 January 2006 | 12:45 EST
    Sandtrooper Roswell Sun Reports:
    “With all the anti-scalper groups on Sandtroopers a few of us decided to put together our own group. The Unofficial Connecticut Star Wars Collectors Club or UCSWCC as we like to call it will have it's 1st official meeting on Friday January 6th at 7:30pm at Maggie Mcflys in Middlebury, CT. It's about 2 miles or so west of Waterbury just off of Interstate 84. To be on the official sign up list or get more details just email me. If we can get a good head count we'll try to get there a little early and put in for a table. We'll also email anyone interested the specific directions to Maggie's. Look forward to meeting some of you… Sandtrooper JLOUD, are you up for this?”


    Posted by: Darth_Spice | 1 January 2006 | 0:00 EST
    Happy New Year: 2005 Year in Review by Darth Spice
    Watch your backside, there is still much a$% to kick!With the New Year upon us, it is time to take a look back and reflect on the hot year that was 2005. It didn’t really dawn on me until today when I put the finishing touches on our Year in Review. With countless additions to our Images and Guides, twenty four shows and events added to our Dewback Patrol menu, in addition to the news and features that were in place, we were in for a tour of duty that was simply incredible. Read about the year that was, the greatest year in the half decade history that is Sandtroopers.com. We would once again thank all of our readers who helped make this blockbuster year happen. We look forward to 2006. We will double our efforts to serve your collecting needs better and continue to build the endless army of Troopers…United We Find, Happy New Year and thanks again to everyone who helps make it happen.